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US moves to reduce Cancer death rate by 50% in next 25yrs

By Oluwaseun sonde

The United States Government has set a goal of reducing Cancer death rate by atleast 50 percent over the next 25 years, and improving the experience of living with and surviving cancer.

This was disclosed in a statement released by the White House on Wednesday as President Joe Biden reignited the Cancer Moonshot with renewed White House leadership of this effort.

While this moves was made due to recent progress in cancer therapeutics, diagnostics, and patient-driven care, as well as the scientific advances and public health lessons of the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the President, “That’s why we must set this goal which can be possible to reduce the death rate from cancer by at least 50 percent over the next 25 years.

“And improve the experience of people and their families living with and surviving cancer and, by doing this and more, end cancer as we know it today”, Biden said

Recalled in 2016 when Joe Biden was the Vice President, he launched the Cancer Moonshot with the mission to accelerate the rate of progress against cancer, medical researchers responded with tremendous energy and ingenuity.

Today, President Biden and the First Lady, Jill Biden announced call to action on cancer screening to jumpstart progress on screenings that were missed as a result of the pandemic.

And help ensure that everyone in the United States equitably benefits from the Government tools to prevent, detect, and diagnose cancer.

“Building on a Quarter Century of Bipartisan Support, Public Health Progress, and Scientific Advances, over the first 20 years of this century, the age-adjusted death rate from cancer has fallen by about 25 percent.

“Which means more people are surviving cancer and living longer after being diagnosed with cancer. That was enabled by progress on multiple fronts”, Biden added.

He further said, “Science brought us treatments that target specific mutations in many types of cancer for example, in certain types of lung cancer, leukemia, and skin cancers.

“It has also provided therapies that use our immune system to detect and kill cancer cells and these immunotherapies are making a big difference in certain skin cancers, blood cancers, and others.

“We developed tools, like low-dose CT scans and refined use of colonoscopies, which help us detect lung cancer and colorectal cancers early when there are better treatment options.

“Starting in the early 1990s, we also made progress against tobacco use through targeted public health education campaigns as well as new, more effective approaches to smoking cessation.

“We have seen a 50 percent decrease in adult long-term cigarette smoking and a 68 percent drop in smoking rates among youth”, the President said.

At the White House, then-Vice President Biden brought together a task force and challenged the public and private sectors to join together in making progress.

Companies, patient groups, universities, and foundations worked together to forge new partnerships and launch new programs.

Meanwhile, five years ago, with the bipartisan passage and enactment of the 21st Century Cures Act, Congress invested $1.8 billion, providing seven years of new funding for cancer research in many areas.

Including studies on cancer disparities, new clinical trial networks to drive drug discovery, and innovative projects examining childhood cancer.

The law streamlined cancer-related decision-making at the FDA through the formation of an Oncology Center of Excellence, so that effective treatments can be approved faster and patients can have more direct access to information about the regulatory process.

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